China’s Didi Chuxing launches self-driving taxi service in Shanghai

Aug 30, 2019 – Chinese transport giant Didi Chuxing plans to start using autonomous vehicles for a pilot project in Shanghai, Reuters reported quoting a speech of Zhang Bo, the company’s chief technology officer, at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference.

The new service will allow customers to choose the option of traveling in the urban area of ​​Jiading by a self-driving taxi using a Didi application. Each vehicle will be controlled by a human driver in case of emergency. Travel distance can exceed 10 kilometers.

The pilot project will offer customers more than 30 different types of vehicles, each of which is equipped with a level 4 autonomous driving option. According to the top manager, Didi Chuxing has already received permits from the Shanghai government to test its fleet.